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June 8, 2011
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Sen. Espaillat Along With Minority Leader Sampson and Senate Democrats Push for Jobs Programs

Albany Times Union: Sen. Dems Push Jobs Programs

By Rick Karlin

June 02, 2011

Income tax revenues so far are running $214 million ahead of projections, Senate Democrats said, and they want to spend some of that money, about $100 million, on a series of initiatives designed to grow jobs across the state. Some of these bills have come up before, while some, such as a bill expanding electric power in Western New York, have the support of key Republicans. Mostly, the bills set up training tax credits, small business assistance and capital for new businesses.

June 3, 2011
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My Op-Ed in the Amsterdam News on Why We Must Continue Fighting Rent Regulations

Amsterdam News: Protecting New York’s tenants: a fight worth fighting

By SEN. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT

Published: Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:05 AM EDT

Over the past decade, working families in New York have been battered by an economic recession we just can’t seem to shake and policies that reward the super-rich at the expense of the poor and middle class. Communities of color have been hit especially hard, suffering from a disproportionately higher rate of unemployment, incarceration and service cuts that strike at the heart of our social safety net.

May 24, 2011
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Sen. Espaillat leads the way in protecting workers' rights by cracking down on exploitative employment agencies

New York Times: Despite City Crackdown, Immigrants Still Are Often Cheated by Job Agencies

By JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ

Published: May 15, 2011

 From the article:

Some state lawmakers are proposing legislation to increase fines against employment agencies to $500, from $100, for each day a violation continues, and to make it a misdemeanor to accumulate three or more violations in a five-year span.

May 15, 2011
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Sen. Espaillat's Op-Ed on why the expiration of rent regulations would be a disaster for New Yorkers

West Side Spirit: Expiring Rent Regulation Spells Disaster for New Yorkers

By Senator Adriano Espaillat

Big corporations have benefited from record profits, while New York’s working class has struggled to recover from the aptly named “Great Recession.” All the while, low-income and middle-class families have been battered by brutal budget cuts on the federal and statewide level. We have seen deep cuts to education and health care, while billions in tax breaks have been given away to the wealthiest among us.

May 6, 2011
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The West Side Spirit: Gay Marriage Bill Nears the Goal Line

Gov. Cuomo’s push, plus public opinion shift, raises bill’s chance of passage

By Megan Finnegan

April 29, 2011
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City Hall News: A Look At The Fight To Extend And Strengthen The Rent Laws

Rent Wars - Whether Cuomo can expand stabilization laws will hinge on Senate GOP

By Jon Lentz

In the 1980s, Andrew Cuomo launched a homeless program that was acclaimed for its innovative model of housing. In the early 1990s, he helped revamp New York City's housing policy for the homeless.   By the late 1990s, he was boosting affordable housing across the country as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The test looming for this housing advocate, now governor of New York, is where he'll come down on the state's rent regulation laws, which expire June 15.

April 25, 2011
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Riverdale Review: Dems hope to extend rent regulations

 

By Brendan McHugh

Last week, state Senator Adriano Espaillat unveiled a countdown clock to remind Albany legislators about the urgency of passing rent regulations, slated to expire on June 15.

The Democratic-led Assembly approved an expansion of rent regulations two weeks ago, but the Republican-led Senate is hesitant to approve a broadening of the regulations. The Democrats' plan would reverse the state's policy enacted 18 years ago, of slow-motion deregulation of housing at the high end by increasing minimums on rent and tenant income.

April 21, 2011
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The Riverdale Press: Espaillat's Countdown

By Adam Wisniewski

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

On April 13th, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat unveiled a countdown clock that will be ticking away in Albany until Wednesday, June 15, the day rent regulations will expire if they are not renewed by the state legislature. 

April 20, 2011
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NY Daily News: Freshman Sen. Espaillat going to bat for more than 1M tenants from rent regulation changes

By Frank Lombardi

The regs, which shelter more than 1 million apartments in the city from full market-rate rents, expire June 14. They last came up for renewal in 2003, with awful results for pro-tenant forces.Uptown state Sen. Adriano Espaillat is technically a freshman, but he has become the Democratic pointman in Albany's tug-of-war over rent regulations.

April 19, 2011
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Counting Down To Rent Control Reform

Albany Times Union:

By Stephanie Lee

Democrat senators want rent control reform … and they want it in the next 63 days and 13 minutes, give or take.

A group of senators unveiled this morning an LCD clock that will count down to the end of June 15 — the day when current rent laws expire. Sens. Adriano Espillat, Bill Perkins and Daniel Squadron (not pictured), along with Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, are calling for the Senate to pass a bill that extends and strengthens those laws so landlords can’t charge high rents and otherwise exploit loopholes that allow them to deregulate their units.

April 19, 2011
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Espaillat Conducts Post Mortem On The Budget

State Senator Adriano Espaillat recently met with reports to discuss his views on the recently passed State Budget.   

Click here to read the full story at Manhattan Times

April 4, 2011
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Rent Regs In The State Budget? Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver Doesn't Sound So Sure

Sen. Adriano Espaillat responded to Sen. Majority Leader Skelos's denial of the urgency to extend rent laws, and stresses the need to be included in the budget. 

(Click here for the full NY Daily News Article)

March 22, 2011
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City's Rent Regulation Battle Already Brewing

At a housing rally on February 24th in support of Sen. Espaillat's recently introduced legislation S.2783A, which would extend and strengthen tenant laws in New York City, it was proposed that the budget should not be considered until the rent laws are passed.

Click here for the full story on NY 1

March 8, 2011
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Espaillat's Long Road From Poly Sci to State Senate

State Senator Adriano Espaillat has come a long way from his days as a political science major at Queens college.

Click here for the full article in the Riverdale Press

March 8, 2011
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Vandals Force Straphangers to Buy Swips at WaHi Train Station, Official Say

State Senator Adriano Espaillat is raising awarness around the issue of vanalism and predatory behavior at the 181st Street A Train stop, since the MTA removed station agents last year. 

Click here for the full DNA-Info Article.

March 8, 2011
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Pols Seek Answers in Housing Crime Rise

State Senator Adriano Espaillat, with Sens. Bill Perkins and Jose Serrano, and Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez called for an emergency meeting with NYC Housing Authority chairman, John Rhea in an open letter on February 10th.  The meeting is to address a spike in housing crime.

Click here for the  full Daily News Article

 

March 8, 2011
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City Officials and Advocates to Rally for Rent Reform

 

With rent control rules set to expire in June, 2011, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, lead sponsor of legislation to extend tenant protections, held a press conference on the steps of New York City Hall on Thursday, February 24th. 

Click here to read the DNA Info article

March 1, 2011
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Senator Espaillat's Flan Plan for Peace

State Senator Adriano Espaillat is putting forward a plan to create a community relations council in Northern Manhattan.  The council would provide an opportunity for residents to discuss neighborhood tensions and quality of life issues that divide them - over local cuisine.

The idea stems from Inwood resident Rachel Figueroa-Levin's food blog (posted in both english and spanish) which presents recipes from members of the community as a means to bring people together through a common love of food. Be sure to check out Sen. Espaillat's family recipe for pinapple flan!

February 22, 2011
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